Stories for August 2003

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Sunday, August 31

A real Indian

Haskell president shows true colors, lauds strides in tribal college education

Everyone knows what an Indian looks like, right? Maybe like Iron Eyes Cody from the 1970s anti-littering commercial: long black braids, buckskin clothes, feathers and beads. Or perhaps more like the bare-chested savages scalping white settlers in 1990's "Dances with Wolves." Get real.

KU theater reprises 'Picnic'

The University Theatre will kick off its fall season with a revival of the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, "Picnic" by Kansas native William Inge.

North to Alaska

My dad and I have been fishing together since I was too small to reel in my own fish. A few weeks ago, we realized a decades-old dream: to fish on Alaska's Kenai River.

My dad and I have been fishing together since I was too small to reel in my own fish. A few weeks ago, we realized a decades-old dream: to fish on Alaska's Kenai River.

'I don't do square'

McLouth fabric artist borrows quilting techniques, not geometry, to stitch wearable art garments

Sherry Leftwich borrows techniques from quilters. And her garments bear echoes of the time-honored patchworks. But her artistic impulses have guided her down a more winding path.

Taking it off for charity

Topeka Civic Theatre supporters bare all for fund-raising calendar

The Topeka Civic Theatre is calling its new calendar fund-raising project "Much Ado About Nothing." The operative word is "nothing." That's exactly what the calendar models are wearing.

Police keep watchful eye as post-2 a.m. crowd unfolds

The two young women stumbled out of It's Brothers Bar & Grill, one leaning heavily on her companion as they made their way south on the sidewalk. Lawrence Police Officer Tony Garcia was standing on the curb in the 1100 block of Massachusetts Street, his arms folded, as they passed shortly after 2 a.m. on a recent Sunday morning.

People

¢ Impostor rips off hip-hop singer ¢ Rossellini plays the villain ¢ Sharif laments present, not past ¢ Victories move Timberlake to sing

Arnold's past may turn off women voters

1977 Oui interview shows crude talk, lewd behavior

You don't have to be one of those Californians who believes the road to recall ran through a looking glass to feel as if the current campaign just gets curiouser and curiouser.

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Bookstore

'Transatlantic' chugs along smoothly

In his splendid book "Transatlantic," Stephen Fox offers a definitive history of commercial navigation across the North Atlantic Ocean, from the introduction of steam power in the 1820s to the early years of the 20th century.

Here come the liberals

Fall season brings lots of books from the left

If you wanted to write a book about the books coming out this fall, you could call it "Liberals Fight Back."

Arts notes

¢ EAT begins new season with staged reading ¢ KU alumna, Laker girl returns to Lawrence ¢ Watkins Museum to offer jewelry class ¢ Lied Center sponsors Kevin Locke residency ¢ Nelson-Atkins plans celebration ¢ Kansas City Symphony opens Theatre in Park ¢ Sandzen Gallery to display Garzio pottery ¢ Writers at Work series to kick off Thursday ¢ Nelson-Atkins to begin lecture series ¢ Sherry Leedy to begin season with three new solo exhibits

Saturday, August 30

'Good Girl' a departure for Aniston

Has "Friends" star Jennifer Aniston redeemed herself as a movie star? In 2002, the actress better known as Rachel stretched her wings in "The Good Girl" (9 p.m. today, Cinemax), a bleak little independent feature with moments of droll, dark humor.

Sharif returns to movies at Venice festival

Debonair actor Omar Sharif vanished from the big screen in recent years. But the Egyptian-born star has returned, at a time of international tensions, to offer a tale of love between a Muslim and a Jew.

Cuban bests record cigar roll

A Cuban cigar maker has shattered his own record for the world's longest cigar by rolling a 45-foot-long stogie, the Guinness Book of World Records said.

People

¢ Diaz, Sandler top 2004 pay lists ¢ Jack Osbourne gets Brit TV gig ¢ Shaw swaps clarinet for award ¢ Fuller continues Star revamp

Friday, August 29

People

¢ 'Exorcist' director dismissed ¢ Hayek gets friendly at festival ¢ New Mexico courts king film ¢ He's a music man, too

Dream weavers

'Daydream' combines fashion, art, theater, music

On a freezing night last February, 500 people scurried to Raoul's Velvet Room to see "Detour: A Fashion Show." Unfortunately, only 250 of them fit in the club. "People that didn't get in were pressed against the window watching," said Ashlee Hall, a producer of the event. "It made us realize we needed to do another in a bigger, better place."

'Creepers' sequel takes ugly turn

It's hardly a surprise "Jeepers Creepers 2" offers little of the foreboding suspense that amped up the fear factor in the original horror flick. Like "Halloween," "Friday the 13th" and "A Nightmare on Elm Street," the series now centers on showcasing the bad guy -- a bat-winged demon known as the Creeper (Jonathan Breck) -- more than his anonymous victims.

Fall movie lineup ready for battle

They'll be fighting on land, on sea, in space, in Middle-earth. Their weapons will include cannons, flame-throwers, swords of all sorts and a guitar case full of guns.

Prime-time 'Peanuts' falls short

The Peanuts gang returns in the new animated special "Lucy Must Be Traded, Charlie Brown" (8 p.m., ABC). "Traded" is set in Charlie Brown's field of nightmares -- the baseball diamond.

Material Girl flashback leads MTV awards show antics

Just like her first time, Madonna made jaws drop and cheeks blush at the 20th annual MTV Video Music Awards -- only she had help Thursday night from the latest generation of video divas, Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera.

Best bets

Thursday, August 28

Allen makes Venice debut

Woody Allen has a past in Venice: The 67-year-old filmmaker got married here, he's filmed in the canal city and he's won awards here. But never before has he turned up at the world's longest-running film fest -- until now.

People

¢ From boyz to starz ¢ Earning his angel wings ¢ Jackson offers piece of Neverland ¢ Surgery delays acting gig

Hour not enough for King documentary

A "Peter Jennings Reporting" (8 p.m., ABC) recalls the August 1963 civil rights march on Washington, D.C., culminating in Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s most memorable address, best known as his "I Have a Dream" speech.

Stars honor Hope's legacy

Bob Hope was eulogized Wednesday as one of the legendary figures of the past century during a memorial Mass that drew Hollywood stars, politicians and generals.

Wednesday, August 27

Review: F-Zero GX - Gamecube

Fast times at Future High

I fear that the casual gamer may be intimidated by its difficulty, alienating a big portion of Nintendo's intended audience. But a fine effort overall.

People

¢ Houston had problem with arrest ¢ Another day, another lawsuit ¢ Ripa loves Reege ¢ Baby would make three

Toby Keith leads CMA nominations

Toby Keith got seven nominations for Country Music Assn. Awards on Tuesday, with Johnny Cash picking up four, two involving his rendition of a song by rock act Nine Inch Nails.

High school confidential: Celebrity pasts revealed

For many of us, high school is the last truly egalitarian experience. Sure, there are cliques, but at the end of the day, we all had to take gym class.

Tuesday, August 26

Gibson film stirs religious tensions

The uproar over Mel Gibson's upcoming film on Jesus' death is testing the unusual partnership between American Jews and evangelical Protestants, who have recently become among the staunchest supporters of Israel.

Review: Soul Calibur 2 - PS2, Xbox, Gamecube

This is arguably the best fighting game to date.

This is arguably the best fighting game to date. The fighting engine is pure brilliance and renders all other serious fighters archaic.

People

¢ Host for Latin Grammys chosen ¢ Wise beyond her years ¢ The price of acquittal ¢ Fox drops Franken lawsuit

ESPN gamely proffers a scripted drama

Who knew that playing a boy's game could make grown men so miserable? The 11-episode series "Playmakers" (8 p.m., ESPN) is the first scripted drama to come out of the all-sports network. It follows a group of professional football players for the fictional NFL team the Cougars as they vie for playing time and try to reconcile their brutal, competitive job with their private lives.

Monday, August 25

Johnny Cash plans MTV appearance

This week's MTV Video Music Awards, celebrating a medium that usually oozes youth and invincibility, would seem like the last place to celebrate a somber video with a frail, 71-year-old Johnny Cash.

People

¢ 'Freddy vs. Jason' slices, dices new box office contenders ¢ Wishful thinking ¢ Kissing for a cause ¢ A taxing deal

Review :: Deep Thinkers, "Outlook"

Deep Thinkers make anthems to live by. The Kansas City based duo -- MC Brother of Moses and Lenny D -- stresses community roots, an understanding of self, and resistance to trends and social norms, while Lenny D provides the vessel with which these messages are delivered.

New trivia show's focus on junk -- food

A lot of shows have been compared to junk food, but the makers of the new game show "Trivia Unwrapped" (9 p.m., Food Network) don't mind that reputation. Marc Summers is host of this quiz show confection, dedicated entirely to empty-calorie facts about snacks, candy and other nutrition-free delights. The former "Double Dare" star ladles out such weighty questions as, "How many twists are in every Twizzler?" and "Where did Fats Domino find his thrill?" You'll never get into a competitive university playing this version of "Jeopardy" Lite. But you might just win a fellowship at the Carvel College of Ice Cream Knowledge.

Sunday, August 24

My twisted Valentine

Chuck Palahniuk writes odd ode to hometown

The guy wandering around outside the tiki bar on the north edge of town can't even pay for a clue, he's so lost. "Does anybody know the area?" he asks.

Film to immortalize 1950 World Cup team

The pair who made the inspirational sports films "Hoosiers" and "Rudy" are at it again.

Father-son team kick-starts bike show

Building $200,000 motorcycle masterpieces is the hook to lure viewers to "American Chopper," but it's the father-son bickering that revs up the Discovery Channel's reality show.

People

¢ NPR host moving to screen ¢ Music fest to honor reporter ¢ Blaine tries another high one ¢ Fans to celebrate Ebsen's life

Photographer finds beauty in the homeless

Four-year-old Aaron Dudley is on a sofa, mugging for the camera with a playful grin and twisted face, tiny biceps bulging in outstretched arms folded into a muscleman pose.

'Animal House' reunion gets rowdy

A class reunion of the rowdy "Animal House" gang shut down Hollywood Boulevard with a parade featuring a live elephant, an ROTC contingent, a cheerleading squad and an interruption by the "Deathmobile."

Exhibit highlights Israeli fascination with Arafat

An odd photograph hangs in a small Israeli gallery: Yasser Arafat's head, with its trademark checkered headdress, spliced atop the figure of slain American rapper Tupac Shakur, fingers spread in gang signs.

Grass is greener -- or not -- when it's artwork

British artists Heather Ackroyd and Dan Harvey know where the grass is greener, and fences don't have anything to do with it.

American Indian artists reflect on legacy of Lewis and Clark

In Miles Miller's work, "Peace, Peese, Sinew," doll-size human figures dangle, mobile-style, from the ceiling at the Maryhill Museum of Art. Their hands are bound.

'American Idol' runner-up's album to be released before winner's

"American Idol" runner-up Clay Aiken's album will arrive in record stores about a month before that of winner Ruben Studdard's "Soulful."

Arts notes

¢ Lawrence writer wins national poetry award ¢ E.M.U. Theatre to mark fifth anniversary ¢ K.C. Renaissance fest to open 27th season

Bookstore

Fans will warmly greet new 'Alaska Mystery'

Fans of sled-dog "musher" and sometime-sleuth Jessie Arnold won't be disappointed by "Death Trap," Sue Henry's latest "Alaska Mystery."

Patterns in wondering and knowing

Lawrence painter explores dichotomies, faith in Signs of Life show

Looking at a Heather Smith Jones painting is a bit like stepping into a dream. Objects appear in seemingly random fashion, oriented in unlikely ways. Buildings, doorways, birds, leaves and branches are superimposed over abstracted backdrops.

Under the Bebop Big Top

The rhythm of the drum meets the music of the tongue at Bopaphonic Poetry Circus

Words fly from their mouths with the greatest of ease as beat masters accompany on sax, drums and keys. Welcome to the Bopaphonic Poetry Circus, where rhyme acrobats trade trapezes for tongue twisters and attempt to elevate a tradition carved out not by P.T. Barnum but by artists like Leonard Cohen and William S. Burroughs.

Saturday, August 23

People

¢ Ricki Lake, husband separate ¢ An early Emmy for Azaria ¢ Crystal joins pen-wielding set ¢ Tennis star's papers on display

'Animal House' throws toga reunion party

Wanna feel old? "Animal House," the seminal gross-out comedy from 1978, celebrates its 25th anniversary this summer. Spike TV, the network for slobs, er, men, throws a TV toga party with the premiere of "Unseen and Untold: Animal House" (8 p.m. Sunday, Spike), a one-hour documentary about the writing, casting and making of the movie.

'Free Willy' whale still a star

Keiko the "Free Willy" whale still doesn't want to be free.

Judge tosses Fox lawsuit over Franken book title

A federal judge on Friday denied Fox News Channel's request for an injunction to block humorist Al Franken's new book, whose title mocks the Fox slogan "fair and balanced."

6News video: Art a la Carte

The sounds of mandolins, fiddles and flat-picked guitars will waft through South Park Sunday during the 23rd annual Kansas State Fiddling and Picking Championships. Anywhere from five to 20 contestants compete in each category, and the park fills with spectators sitting on blankets and in lawn chairs, soaking up bluegrass melodies. The no-cost event is open to the public.

Friday, August 22

Makeover show makes fantasy spaces

The surprise makeover series "While You Were Out" (7 p.m., TLC) returns for a second season with a new host, Evan Farmer. For the uninitiated, the show follows a homeowner who has sent his or her partner, spouse or roommate out of town for a weekend, so the "While You Were Out" team can create a new fantasy space in just two days. In tonight's episode, Baltimore wife Randy hopes that the team will help transform the bedroom she shares with her husband, Will, a man whose tastes diverge wildly from her own.

'Star Wars Kid' floods Web

It was a moment of unadulterated goofiness, the kind of thing anyone might do with no one watching: A teen from Quebec videotaped himself as he pretended to wield a light saber "Star Wars" style.

Forgotten Elvis record set for release

Elvis Presley fans got a special treat on the 26th anniversary of his death -- a never-heard-before Elvis song.

Parents group assails 'CSI' as worst show

Television's most popular program, "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," is also its least family-friendly, a TV watchdog group said Thursday.

Recording association offers downloading guide

The Recording Industry Association of America has stepped up its fight against Internet piracy by going after those who make "substantial quantities" available online through music-swapping sites such as Kazaa and LimeWire, rolling out hundreds of lawsuits and threats of criminal prosecution.

'Animal House' to celebrate 25th anniversary

It's toga-party time again.

Best bets

Michael Jackson's birthday a thriller for devoted fans

If you pay $30 to attend a birthday party, do you still have to bring a gift? And if so, what exactly would you give a fellow who lives in Neverland?

Liberty Hall revives 'Pulp Fiction'

"Personality goes a long way," hired hit man Jules (Samuel L. Jackson) claims in "Pulp Fiction." Although the line comes during a lengthy discussion about whether he would eat a dog or a pig, the sentiment just as easily could apply to the movie itself.

Deep Thinkers

'Conscious' hip-hop duo seeks empowerment through music

In Lawrence, hip-hop shows are typically synonymous with good times. Gaggles of beer-goggled youths gather on Friday nights in dimly lit clubs and houses-for-hire, dancing to the tribal pulse of hip-hop beats and flirting like mermaids. Aaron Sutton might be at one of those parties, but he has more on his mind than partying.

Preview: Halo 2 - Xbox

Will Bungie Studios' highly anticipated sequel deliver on the monstrous expectations?

Will Bungie Studios' highly anticipated sequel deliver on the monstrous expectations?

People

¢ Ray says brother will be back ¢ Just say no to plastic surgery ¢ School named for Salsa Queen ¢ Johnson has beef with customs

Magazine helps readers keep 'em in stitches

Know your joke by heart. Don't announce in advance that it's going to be hilarious. And never say "But seriously ..." when you're finished.

Thursday, August 21

SoundsGood and Asa get 'pumped'

Anybody listening to Z95.7 at 9 p.m. Wednesday wouldn't have noticed anything unusual about a song called "Kick It." It featured a silky smooth R&B singer crooning, "My mission is to kick it anyway I can/ move my feet and clap my hands," on top of an infectious bass line that bounced up and down like a hydraulic-driven El Camino. But for Lawrence hip-hop duo SoundsGood and Kansas City vocalist Asa Barnes, the moment signified a major breakthrough: commercial radio.

Streetball scoring new fans as exposure to game grows

It was the type of play that makes jaws drop.

Donkey Kong gets music makeover

Namco to bring rhythm game to Gamecube

Namco to bring rhythm game to Gamecube

People

¢ Oscar hits Rock bottom ¢ Law firm sues Suge Knight ¢ Spa to have royal touch ¢ Singer given probation

Audience the loser of this 'Race'

"Amazing Race 4" (7 p.m., CBS) wraps up its long trek tonight. For those who haven't been following the frantic scramble, there are three teams left. Dave and Jeff are best friends from Manhattan Beach, Calif.

Wednesday, August 20

'Dr. Phil' to tackle obesity

The recurring issue of "Dr. Phil" McGraw's second season in syndication is going to be obesity, but who could have blamed him if he had chosen to focus on bullying or teasing instead? He has been like a gift-bucket of chum to TV's late-night sharks -- the butt of "Saturday Night Live" and "Mad TV" skits and endless jokes by Jay Leno and David Letterman, who has been especially pitiless with his "Dr. Phil's Words of Wisdom" moments.

'Sex' offers interracial romance

Miranda's new squeeze in "Sex and the City" is handsome, successful and charming. He's also black -- notable for a show that has been almost uniformly white in its casting.

'Smoking Gun TV' specializes in dirty secrets

Maybe it's time to crown Mo Rocca the king of basic cable. In addition to his normal perch at "The Daily Show" (6 p.m., Comedy Central), he can be seen all this week on "I Love the '70s" (8 p.m. and 9 p.m., VH1). And now he's also the host of "Smoking Gun TV" (7 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Court TV), a new series based on the irreverent Web site founded by investigative reporters William Bastone and Danny Green in 1997. Making the most of the Internet, The Smoking Gun (www.thesmokinggun.com) has disseminated court documents, concert riders, mug shots and other public documents to reveal embarrassing secrets about celebrities, politicians and other public figures.

People

¢ Phish bassist arrested, charged with endangerment of minor ¢ Lawyers seek dismissal of Eminem slander suit ¢ Lost Elvis song up for release ¢ It's a boy for Marc Anthony, former Miss Universe

Tuesday, August 19

'The O.C.' gains buzz factor, ratings boost

Have viewers finally had enough "reality"? Of the dozens of unscripted shows to unspool this summer, not one has emerged as a genuine hit, like "Joe Millionaire" did last winter. "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy" (9 p.m., Bravo) has become the water-cooler show of the season, but that's more in the makeover genre than "reality." Another interesting sign of change occurred last week when the soapy new Fox drama "The O.C." (8 p.m., Fox) actually gained viewers in its second week. That may not seem Earth-shattering, but after watching new summer series like "Charlie Lawrence" and "Keen Eddie" disappear without a trace, it's almost shocking to see a real drama gain some traction. On tonight's episode of "The O.C.," Ryan's flaky mother Dawn returns.

Arab world's 'Idol' inspires patriotic fervor

And you thought "American Idol" fans were excitable. They've got nothing on the millions of Arabs backing their national favorites on the show's Middle East knockoff.

People

¢ Roseanne Barr program canceled ¢ Former 'West Wing' star to assist real-life campaign ¢ Bee Gees singer's will disclosed ¢ The not-so-funny years

Monday, August 18

People

¢ Slashers Freddy, Jason scare up No. 1 at box office ¢ Role of a lifetime ¢ Zellweger's big, fat bonus ¢ Magazine has Hulking presence

Leading ladies lash out in Showtime documentary

Rosanna Arquette makes an impressive debut as a documentary director with "Searching for Debra Winger" (7 p.m., Showtime). The title refers to the decision by the popular actress to leave Hollywood and settle down in relative obscurity in upstate New York. Why would a major star do that? And what does her decision say about the pressures on other actresses to balance their roles as wives, mothers, lovers and career-driven performers?

Museums rev up exhibits with pop culture

Tyler Blunier had a choice. He could go to the Chicago museum that's home to the largest, most complete Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton ever discovered. Or he could see an exhibit with modern-day behemoths.

Sunday, August 17

'Orchid Pavilion' fills art gap

There's a method to the timing of the Spencer Museum of Art's newest exhibition. "The Orchid Pavilion Gathering: Chinese Paintings from the University of Michigan Museum of Art" opened Saturday at the Kansas University museum -- just in time for the fall semester and just in time to sit in for the nearest Chinese collection, which is currently closed during renovations at Kansas City's Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

Arts notes

¢ Lawrence painter wins artistic distinctions ¢ Lawrence art teacher to receive award ¢ Preparations begin for children's choir

The squawk over Hawks

Jayhawks on Parade ruffles feathers, hatches public art debate

Lawrence muralist Dave Loewenstein caught his first glimpse of a university mascot parading as art last year while vacationing in Oregon. He was walking the streets of Eugene, and as he neared the University of Oregon campus, "garishly painted" fiberglass ducks began appearing everywhere. "I remember saying to myself, 'At least we haven't done THAT in Lawrence.'

Pickin' and grinnin'

Banjo innovator Alison Brown enjoying success

For a gal born in Connecticut and bred in Southern California, Alison Brown sure has a lot of Nashville bluegrass in her blood. But it wouldn't be fair -- or accurate -- to pigeonhole the Grammy Award-winning banjo player.

From James to Jenny

Memoirs recount professor's gender transition

A loving husband and father, acclaimed novelist, respected professor at Colby College and keyboardist in a rock 'n' roll band, James Finney Boylan had an enviable life that overflowed with success and happiness.

Old bullets commit new murders in suspense novel

The opening of J.A. Jance's new suspense novel, "Exit Wounds," is a killer. Loner Carol Mossman and her 17 dogs are found dead in her mobile home. Small-town Arizona Sheriff Joanna Brady is called to the scene. She soon discovers that solving Mossman's murder is like peeling the layers of an onion to expose its rotten core.

Bookstore

Comic's album targets telemarketers

The federal government's do-not-call list has saved millions of Americans from pesky telemarketers, but Tom Mabe had to take it one step further.

Arts notes

¢ Lawrence muralist in NYC exhibits ¢ KU theater department offers children's classes ¢ LHS student earns photography honor

Nathan Lane clears schedule for 'The Producers' reprisal

Nathan Lane is getting closer to returning to Broadway as the rapscallion Max Bialystock in "The Producers."

Corporate art collection defies industry trend

Legend has it that in 1958, when General Mills moved into its new headquarters, Charlie Bell, who was then the company's president, took a look around and said, "It's too gray in here. We've got to do something to enliven this building."

CBS announces Diversity Institute

CBS is setting up an institute to coordinate writing, directing and acting programs intended to foster diversity at the network.

Festival aims to rejuvenate East Village counterculture

The peeling, crumbling tenements that once housed beatniks, hippies, musicians and artists are being taken over by young professionals eager to renovate not only the buildings but the neighborhood itself.

Poet's new volume returns to angry, political roots

In a way, poet C.K. Williams has mellowed with age. He is now 66, and has two grandsons, a country house in Normandy, a Pulitzer Prize and a new book on the way.

Actor convicted in abuse case

Former Hollywood madam pleased with jury's verdict

Actor Tom Sizemore was convicted Friday of one count of physically abusing former Hollywood madam Heidi Fleiss and several charges of harassing and annoying her, but was acquitted of 10 other counts.

Museum of Modern Art curator dies at 57

Kirk Varnedoe acquired important Picasso, Warhol paintings for MOMA

Kirk Varnedoe, the former chief curator of painting and sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City whose influence was defined by agile scholarship, important shows on such artists as Jackson Pollock and Cy Twombly, and a riveting speaking style that attracted standing-room-only audiences, has died. He was 57.

People

¢ Stripper sues over Affleck article ¢ Movie coincidentally mirrors basketball star's troubles ¢ Coleman takes diff'rent approach to California governor's race

Saturday, August 16

Faded celebrities greet fans on phone

If you ever find yourself wondering, perhaps while watching late-night television reruns or idly clipping your toenails, whatever happened to former Hulk Lou Ferrigno or former child actor Todd Bridges, puzzle no longer. It turns out they're waiting to hear from you.

People

¢ Barr set for surgery ¢ Blackout bursts Pop's concert ¢ Frost files for divorce from Law ¢ Stefani ready to share her style

New galleries open doors downtown

If new artistic showcases are any indication of the strength of a community's art scene, then Lawrence is a pretty art-friendly place.

Country music seeks late-year sales surge

Star artists set to release albums

With country music sales down 6 percent from last year, Music Row executives are counting on a spate of late-year releases by blockbuster artists.

Meet the new TNN, same as the old TNN

It's official: TNN is now Spike TV. The male-oriented network kicks off its programming with "Ride with Funkmaster Flex" (6:30 p.m. today, Spike), a hip-hop flavored celebration of big, fancy and vintage American cars and trucks.

Architectural historian fights to save Harlem's treasures

Michael Henry Adams strolls along Lenox Avenue in the middle of Harlem. He stops to watch a worker from a nearby renovation scrape patches of cheap color from a mahogany hall mirror to reveal the brilliant red wood underneath. Once restored, the old mirror could fetch $400 or more.

Friday, August 15

People

¢ 'Angel' extortion charges filed ¢ Harry to join the army ¢ Bergman exhibit ready to roll ¢ Ventura moved to Saturday

'Cheetah Girls' fail to find harmony

Former "Cosby" star Raven stars in the new cable musical "The Cheetah Girls" (7 p.m., Disney). The film focuses on four teens attending a "Fame"-type high school of music and arts. "Cheetah" refers to their musical ensemble, their own private girl's club and their overall attitude.

George Shultz joins Schwarzenegger team

Arnold Schwarzenegger announced Thursday that former U.S. Secretary of State George P. Shultz would co-chair an Economic Recovery Council for his gubernatorial campaign.

E-voting raises election fraud fears

As if California officials don't have enough to worry about ahead of the bewildering gubernatorial recall vote Oct. 7, computer scientists say shoddy balloting software could bungle the results and expose the election to fraud.

Fleetwood Mac relies on familiar hits

Remember rock music in the '70s? Lots of cocaine, drum solos, theatricality and lovers' quarrels? We're talking, of course, about Fleetwood Mac. And plenty of people remembered it all on Wednesday night, as a nearly sold-out crowd at Kemper Arena shelled out big dollars for yet another greatest hits live package from aging rock stars.

'Swimming Pool' treads water

A movie that relies on a trick ending better have two things going for it: 1. The story is so compelling that even if the trick doesn't work, the picture is still enjoyable. 2. The ending is so clever that it makes any prior weaknesses easy to forgive.

Two co-stars missing from 'Everybody Loves Raymond'

Laughter and two co-stars were missing from the set of "Everybody Loves Raymond."

Review :: Appleseed Cast, "Two Conversations"

Appleseed Cast streamlines sound on latest disc

How does a band follow up an album that makes them "America's closest answer to Radiohead?" Though that particular review in All-Music Guide may have been prone to hyperbole, Lawrence's The Appleseed Cast did face a daunting task following up 2001's sprawling "Low Level Owl Vol. 1 and 2." That double-disc set caught critics' and listeners' ears with ambitious soundscapes, cascading guitars and hypnotic tape loops. Love it or hate it, the records were a stunning, cohesive statement from an emo band coming into its own.

These '70s shows are the real deal for VH1 and IFC

"Wild Kingdom's" Marlon Perkins sunning himself on the Serengeti while his wildlife flunkie, Jim, slaps a sweaty headlock on some clawed creature. Archie Bunker playing a whole casino's worth of race cards. Robert De Niro getting all "you talkin' to me?" loco in "Taxi Driver." Pintos flaring up like California forest fires in August.

Best bets

Thursday, August 14

Pryor engagements

Get Up Kids front man conquers late night TV with side project The New Amsterdams

Few musicians are comfortable with the term "side project." But occasionally a side project takes on a life of its own. Matt Pryor -- frontman of Lawrence's most successful indie rockers The Get Up Kids -- is already making waves with his offshoot pop group, The New Amsterdams.

People

¢ An extraordinary act ¢ Gory details ¢ Unappetizing discovery ¢ Too empty without her

'Queer Eye' gets improved visibility tonight

The "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy" (9 p.m., NBC) phenomenon continues. Tonight, the comedy makeover show, developed for basic cable, airs in the coveted "ER" time slot. Think about it: here's a show made on a cheap budget, starring five guys you never heard of before four weeks ago, standing in for one of the most expensive dramas in the history of the medium. That says a lot about the future of television, and the probable end to the endless escalation of star salaries and other expenses. We've already seen ABC force "The Practice" to slash its budget and its cast. If a basic-cable show can replace "ER," then all bets are off.

Review: Madden 2004 - PS2, Gamecube, Xbox

Fool the AI and set popcorn prices in the best Madden ever

Fool the AI and set popcorn prices in the best Madden ever

Pianist Evgeny Kissin improves with age

Evgeny Kissin sang his first tune before he spoke his first word, started tinkering on the piano at age 2 and became a sensation at 13 with a Chopin concert in his native Moscow.

Wednesday, August 13

People

¢ 'Wild' girls go to court ¢ Wolfe takes the prize ¢ Costner gets his star ¢ Censors relent on movie

Recall election governs network TV

Airing Schwarzenegger films would trigger FCC equal time rule

Arnold Schwarzenegger's foray into California's gubernatorial recall election poses a dilemma for broadcasters who might be tempted to show his films during the race: Doing so would allow rival candidates to demand equal time.

'Robo Shark' reels in clever documentary

What do shark-obsessed scientists do in their spare time? They build a "Robo Shark" (8 p.m., Discovery). No, this isn't a new Peter Weller movie. It's a documentary about an animatronic creature developed to swim, dive and hang out with all manner of killer fish, while capturing their elusive behavior on videotape.

Tuesday, August 12

Video games open for rock concerts

Cross-promotion helps bands, game makers

Now opening for the dark-rock band Evanescence: Luke Skywalker, extreme snowboarders and the claymation man-and-dog duo Wallace and Gromit.

'Law & Order' show succeeds in new berth

Gloria Reuben ("1-800-Missing") stars as a woman who returns from the hospital to discover that her daughter has vanished on "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (9 p.m., NBC). Since moving from Fridays to Tuesday nights, this Dick Wolf-produced series has dominated its hour. According to published reports, last week the ratings for a repeat of "Victims" exceeded those of repeats of "Judging Amy" and "NYPD Blue" combined. That's impressive. It's also a sign that "Blue" has seen its day as a ratings powerhouse for the alphabet network. After all, Andy and the precinct gang have been around since shows like "Roseanne" (not "The Real Roseanne") ruled the roost.

People

¢ Report: Prince spears antelope ¢ Love and marriage, love and marriage ... ¢ ... They go together like a horse and carriage ¢ Bridge to his achievements

Monday, August 11

Hacking Halo

Hackers modify gravity engine and create flamethrower.

Hackers modify gravity engine and create flamethrower.

New Xbox Star Wars game breaks record

Finally, Microsoft has a companion for Halo.

Finally, Microsoft has a companion for Halo.

People

¢ 'S.W.A.T.' takes custody of No. 1 ¢ Costner screens new Western ¢ Nelson toasts Texas lawmakers

Tony-winner Gregory Hines dies of cancer

Gregory Hines, the greatest tap dancer of his generation who transcended the stage with a successful screen career that included starring roles in "White Nights" and "The Cotton Club," has died at 57.

Lifetime tackles Max Factor heir story

Based on court transcripts and news accounts, "A Date with Darkness: The Trial and Capture of Andrew Luster" (8 p.m., Lifetime) stars Jason Gedrick as the handsome heir to the Max Factor fortune who used the drug GHB to sedate women so that he could repeatedly rape them. And he videotaped them, too.

Sunday, August 10

Emmy Awards show to use a host of hosts

If one funny host is a good thing, organizers of the 55th annual Emmy Awards are banking on a whole bunch of them being even better.

Networks announce Sunday guest lineups

Guest lineup for this week's Sunday television news shows.

Woodstock tales 'from hippie's mouth'

Duke Devlin was among the 400,000 people who converged on Max Yasgur's farm for three days of Woodstock in 1969. Unlike roughly 399,999 others, though, he never left.

Exhibit, astronauts showcase aviation progress

Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, landed in Rockefeller Center for the opening of an exhibit marking the 100th year of aviation since the Wright brothers' flight in December 1903.

Show links Chicago with art of the Southwest

Imagine an exhibition of Southwestern art without a single coyote howling beside a saguaro cactus. And now imagine that exhibition in shingle-flat Chicago, where the manmade landscape seems a world removed from the arroyos and mesas of New Mexico.

Style briefs

¢ Armani outfits Barbie in beads ¢ Avon's new collection targets youth

Sweet styles are in good taste but low in fat and calories

It's expected commentary: Shoppers, browsers and magazine readers wondering aloud if people in the fashion industry eat, let alone eat something as satisfying, sweet and caloric as chocolate. After all, the skeptics say, how do these style-minders fit into their micro-miniskirts if they're filling up on fabulous food?

Fashion wars rage

Competition intensifies as Dutch retailer expands business to the United States

One of the hottest trends in fashion retailing is coming from overseas.

Artists interpret America's image abroad

Wonder Woman has wrinkles, and Superman hunches over a walker.

Adored flutist Julius Baker dies at 87

Julius Baker, 87, the elegant, silver-haired flutist who trained many of the world's top flute players, died Wednesday in Danbury, Conn., after an apparent heart attack.

People

¢ 'Are You Hot?' suit settled ¢ L.A. New Year's Eve bash planned ¢ Country legends to enter hall ¢ Burke seeks park's salvation

Arts notes

¢ Preparations begin for children's choir ¢ Oregon group sponsors free poetry contest ¢ Photo contest open to Lawrence residents ¢ Ottawa arts council adds guitar teacher

When wrong is right (and vice versa)

Have you ever thought you were Ivory soap (99.44 percent) sure of a fact, only to decide that you were 100 percent WRONG? And, then, have you discovered that you were only wrong because you THOUGHT you were wrong, but you were really RIGHT all along? It happened to me recently.

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George Plimpton to write his memoirs

George Plimpton, the author, actor and literary patron whose countless famous friends have included Ernest Hemingway, Robert Kennedy and Warren Beatty, has agreed to write his memoirs.

Author, actor ... waitress?

Amy Sedaris injects projects with signature weirdness

The plot sounded innocent enough.

Play honors female pilots, now and then

There are a multitude of female pilots who never got the exposure their male counterparts did, but all that could change soon with the premiere of a new play in Baldwin. Lori Lee Triplett calls them "Women of the Wind," and when her play by the same name opens Tuesday, history will be brought to life in a drama about the early days of women in flight.

Forgotten feminist

Clarina Nichols pioneered women's rights in Kansas

Clarina Nichols died more than 20 years before Kansas women won the right to vote, and her work in the women's suffrage movement has long been overshadowed by names like Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton. But history buffs like Christine Reinhard are doing their best to remedy the oversight.

A stranger in Senegal

Lawrence poet sings the blues from the heart of darkness

In the strictest sense, Brian Daldorph's "Senegal Blues" is a travel log. The new poetry collection by the Kansas University English professor recounts his summer 2000 sojourn to the West African country of Senegal.

Arts notes

¢ Lawrence orchestra gets new manager ¢ Art sale to benefit Friends of the Library

Saturday, August 9

Actress starts goodwill assignment in Congo

Jessica Lange, on her first assignment as a goodwill ambassador for the U.N. Children's Fund, said she wanted to draw attention to the use of rape as a weapon in the tribal violence that has spread through troubled northeastern Congo

6News video: Screen Scene

Ah, who could forget Jodie Foster and that one lady in the 1976 movie "Freaky Friday," about a prissy mother and her rebellious daughter who magically switch bodies. Not Jamie Lee Curtis and Lindsay Lohan who now star in a remake of the beloved comedy. And it's a spunky remake, that manages to embody the Disney innocence while still sporting a modern, witty edge.

Pop-bottle buildings

Exhibition highlights architectural possibilities of ultra-thin plastic

Take a look at that plastic soda bottle. Now imagine a wall, or even the facade of a whole building, made from the same material.

People

¢ Brown v. Board book planned ¢ Ricky Martin goes botanical ¢ Osmond family receives star ¢ Thalia hooks up with Kmart

Ullman teases Tinseltown

Premium cable's woman of a thousand faces spends a consistently amusing hour as veteran makeup artist Ruby Romaine in "Tracey Ullman in the Trailer Tales" (7 p.m. today).

Gibson film arousing passions

Those who have seen Mel Gibson's film about the final hours of Jesus Christ have called it beautiful, magical, a great and important work.

Friday, August 8

'Whoopi' begins production in New York

Whoopi Goldberg grew up here, lives here and, whenever she can, wants to work here.

Ball kickers

Downtown kickball league spawns (mostly) friendly competition

Kickball has never been for the weak. Like baseball -- its closest cousin -- kickball often demands reckless slides into second base, blazing speed on the base paths and desperate lunging attempts to catch a capricious rubber ball. Unlike baseball, pegging is encouraged.

Best bets

He was the man who signed Elvis

When Sam Phillips died last week, at age 80, it was easier just to say he signed Elvis Presley than to explain what he was really after -- to find in music a common ground where black and white Americans could get to know each other. Simple. Also revolutionary.

Is the diamond too square?

Major League Baseball reaches out to headbangers and hip-hoppers

Can you manufacture cool?

People

¢ Britney still talking about Justin ¢ Hometown idol delights fans ¢ Six Flags spurns Manson ¢ Malaysia shuns 'Bruce Almighty'

Band exploring online fan base

Phish, the jam band whose open taping policy made it one of the nation's biggest live acts, is again sidestepping the record industry to cash in on the online music revolution.

Donny Osmond leads animal adventures

Viewers in search of teen stars from another era might enjoy "Donny Osmond's Animal Adventures" (8 p.m., Travel), celebrating vacation destinations where families get to "interact" with a variety of animals. When I was a kid, they called these "petting zoos." Osmond travels from Arizona's "Out of Africa" safari to a park in the Florida Everglades where families can feed the alligators. And what would an Osmond show be without a trip to Utah and its "Best Friends Animal Sanctuary"? Osmond also takes viewers to Las Vegas, where kids can enjoy a big-top show while their parents "interact" with slot machines.

Thursday, August 7

Cut and Paste lets zines get heard

Most zines have a provincial audience at best. So a quartet of zine authors have decided to spread their message across the nation -- the old-fashioned way.

White House residents love silver screen

Presidents have been screening films at the White House since the dawn of cinema. After watching D.W. Griffith's 1915 silent blockbuster "The Birth of a Nation," President Woodrow Wilson declared it "history written with lightning." The three-hour documentary "All the Presidents' Movies" (6 p.m., Bravo) examines the screening habits of America's presidents from Eisenhower to George W. Bush. Paul Fischer, White House projectionist from 1953 to 1986, shares anecdotes and details from his carefully maintained screening log.

Britney, J.Lo may face off with competing talk shows

Jennifer Lopez and Britney Spears soon may be competing on television in addition to the pop charts.

People

¢ Divorce no longer wanted ¢ Costner critical of critics ¢ Concert to kick off NFL season ¢ Kennedy Center honorees named

Possible 'Producers' reunion talk of the Great White Way

Will Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick return to "The Producers" early next year?

Wednesday, August 6

People

¢ Laryngitis stops Stones ¢ New line of writing ¢ Musicians stage class act ¢ Simon sells a secret

'Reel' Roseanne better than 'Real Roseanne'

Few things seem less appealing than the prospect of "The Real Roseanne Show" (8 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., ABC). Veteran documentary filmmaker R.J. Cutler ("American High," "The War Room") follows former "Roseanne" star Roseanne Barr as she pitches her new cooking show to the Food Network. Unlike the Osbournes, who burst upon the scene two years back with their quirky lifestyle, Barr's private life has been an open book since the late 1980s.

'Gigli' bomb should cause little fallout

The mob romp "Gigli" ended up a Hollywood disaster movie, yet stars Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez and most of their collaborators should emerge unscathed.

Tuesday, August 5

New Fox soap 'The OC' is merely OK

Is there any hope for the prime-time soap? Recently, we've seen "Titans" flame out and "Pasadena" disappear without a trace. Now Fox trots out "The OC" (8 p.m., Fox), a rich man- poor man saga set in the impossibly wealthy community of Newport Beach. That's in Orange County (OC, get it?), California.

Single white female

Rapper's sex, skin cast doubt on street cred

Eminem has disproved the notion that white boys can't rap. White girls, on the other hand, have had almost zero impact on the genre in its 30-year history.

People

¢ Prince Harry -- Lord of the Ladies ¢ Meg Ryan ditches the good girl ¢ Leno to get 'Queer Eye' makeover ¢ Eminem's had it with bullying

Monday, August 4

Review :: Kelpie, "One"

On Kelpie's first album, one is and is not the magic number.

Chiefs return in 'Monday Night Football'

Fall is coming, and there's nothing you can do about it. Al Michaels and John Madden return for a new season of "Monday Night Football" (7 p.m., ABC), as the Green Bay Packers take on the Kansas City Chiefs in exhibition action at the Hall of Fame Game live from Canton, Ohio.

'American Wedding' takes the cake at weekend box office

If the weekend's top movie -- "American Wedding" -- glowed like a happy newlywed, then you could say the critically reviled "Gigli" stumbled like an ugly bridesmaid.

'The Daily Show' reaps Emmy nods

Jon Stewart lauded for satire

Jon Stewart could barely contain himself. A congressman had publicly called a colleague a "fruitcake" and, since it happened on a Friday night, Stewart couldn't joke about it on Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" until three days later.

People

¢ Kobe Bryant named favorite at Teen Choice Awards ¢ Licensed to pack heat ¢ Rocker charged in brothel fight ¢ Ventura for president?

Sunday, August 3

KPR to broadcast Yo-Yo Ma concert

Kansas Public Radio on Thursday will air a special live concert, Yo-Yo Ma and Friends, broadcast from the Ravinia Festival.

Causing a spectacle

Once viewed as nerdy, glasses become an eye-catching fashion statement

Remember four-eyes? Well, the insult just doesn't level the stigma toward those with astigmatism it once did. Feather-light titanium, clunky hipster plastic, barely-there drill mounts, vintage cat-eyes and Hollywood-style tints all mean that eyeglass wearers can stare their bullying nemeses square in the face, bat their eyelashes and deliver the news: Glasses are officially cool

People

¢ Bottled water for the winners ¢ 'Drunken master' to aid tourism ¢ Glove not included ¢ Armani accessories included

'Supreme' Zeus found

Archaeologists working on a river bed near the mythological home of the ancient gods uncovered remains of the first temple known to be dedicated to the "supreme" Zeus, the team leader said.

Matchmaker inspires new TV show

With a keen memory for names and faces, and many single friends and acquaintances, divorce lawyer Samantha Daniels became so successful at playing Cupid that she started running a dating service.

'American' star all grown up

Hannigan bids farewell to band geek

While talking two summers ago about "American Pie 2," Alyson Hannigan dismissed herself as a sex symbol. "Luckily, my career is not based on my body. I play the quirky sidekicks, the offbeat characters. I'm not the boobs in a movie," she said.

Underneath 'Liz Phair' lies strange fear of underwear

Liz Phair is no stranger to explicit words. She's notorious for raw, blunt, sexual lyrics. Yet the word "underwear" didn't rub her the right way in the recording of her new album.

Opera singer who broke racial barriers honored

Robert McFerrin stares at the television in his living room and listens intently to the deep, rich baritone voice, recorded 30 years ago.

'Brownsville' residents star in debut story collection

To outsiders, it seems that not much goes on in Brownsville, Texas.

New anthology seeks to resurrect fallen giant

Robert Lowell subject of massive collection

Elizabeth Hardwick, a birdlike woman who is an esteemed literary critic and novelist, is surrounded by walls of books as she sits in the cavernous Upper West Side apartment she once shared with her late ex-husband, poet Robert Lowell.

Lawrence artist chosen to craft anniversary sculpture

He's written and illustrated children's books, created moveable blue robot art for Lawrence Memorial Hospital's children's wing and designed a massive mosaic for a New York subway station. Now Stephen T. Johnson will try his hand at metal work.

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Only clown in town turns frowns upside down

Dizzy hopes to educate community, recruit during Clown Week

Rita Winter, aka Dizzy, might be the only clown in town, but her shtick is nowhere near gloomy.

Saturday, August 2

6News video: Art a la Carte

As summer dwindles to a close, live arts performances are harder and harder to come by. But Lawrence's Bowery Dancers have one show left to tide audiences over until fall seasons begin. The group of college-age dancers has been giving free outdoor concerts in South Park since then. Their final summer show begins at 4:30 tomorrow afternoon and runs again at 7:30.

Friday, August 1

Dancers celebrate record-setting party

Kool & the Gang's "Celebration" played early in the morning at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, marking what 41 marathon dancers hope is a new record for the longest dance party.

Angst-y android programmed to consume

"My Life as a Teenage Robot" (7:30 p.m., Nickelodeon) joins a growing list of youth-centric shows about superheroes in the throes of teenage angst.

People

¢ Kidman gets an apology ¢ Date set for June's farewell ¢ Venice film fest attracts Allen ¢ Bosworth knows fame is fickle

First annual Glow awards announced

And the winners are...

This marks the first Oscar-style ceremony for video games

Bands 'Drown Out' big tobacco

Back in the early '90s, I joined a fledgling band comprised of members that had played together previously for a few years. We were preparing to go on our first extended road trip and were piling in a Chevy van en route to several neighboring states.

Best bets

More sequels are on the horizon